World Athletics Championships: Britain’s Josh Kerr wins stunning gold in men’s 1500m | News from athletics

Britain’s Josh Kerr won gold in the men’s 1500m at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest; The 25-year-old shocked favorite Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway to win in 3:29.38; Kerr’s second global medal after winning bronze at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

22:46 UK Wednesday 23 August 2023

Great Britain’s Joshua Kerr stunned favorite Jakob Ingebrigtsen to win gold in the 1500m at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest.

The Scot clocked 3:29.38 to win a massive battle with silver medalist Ingebrigtsen in the final 300m as Ingebrigtsen’s fellow Norwegian Narve Gilje Nordas took bronze in 3:29.68.

Kerr’s season-best victory marked Britain’s second men’s 1500m gold at the World Championships after Jake Wightman triumphed in Eugene, Oregon last year, finishing ahead of Ingebrigtsen in similar style.

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Kerr is the third Briton to win the men’s 1500m at the World Championships, after Steve Cram and Jake Wightman

The medal is Kerr’s second on the global stage after taking bronze in the 1500m at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics – a race won by Ingebrigtsen.

Kerr’s medal is Britain’s fourth at the event in Budapest, Katarina Johnson-Thompson secured gold in the heptathlon; Lewis Davey, Laviai Nelson, Rio Mitcham and Yemi Mary John won silver in the 4x400m medley relay; and Zharnel Hughes sprinted to bronze in the men’s 100m.

Kerr: I broke Ingebrigtsen with 50m to go

The 25-year-old man said BBC: “It’s been a long time. It’s an overwhelming experience, but I’m proud of myself, my team and my family.”

“I threw the last 200 m for 16 years. I stayed calm, I just wanted to put on a race that I would be proud of.

“I fought Jakob very hard, you can see it on my face that I’m throwing everything at the guy, it hurt. I wanted this all my life. I’m so happy.

“I broke it after about 50 meters and it held from then on.” [Olympic] bronze [at Tokyo 2020] and gold is much sweeter.”

Wightman: Kerr is like the Terminator

Wightman added: “Our little club in Edinburgh has had two back-to-back world champions. It’s hard to believe. Jakob Ingebrigtsen is going to hate us Brits, isn’t he?”

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Kerr beats hot favorite Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway as Britain wins men’s 1500m for second World Championships

“He’s shown so much promise for so long that a medal in Tokyo was just the start of it.

“When Josh Kerr gets it going and when he’s running well, he’s absolutely flying. I think Ingebrigtsen underestimated how well he’s running at the moment.”

“I’m so happy for him. Josh is like the Terminator. His inner confidence is crazy.”

Moon and Kennedy share pole vault gold

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American Katie Moon and Australian Nina Kennedy shared the gold in the pole vault

American Katie Moon and Australian Nina Kennedy decided to share the gold medal in a dramatic women’s pole vault final.

The competitors clocked 4.90 in the event, which lasted two hours and 10 minutes, but both missed 4.95 on all three attempts and decided to share the victory rather than go into the jump-off.

It was the second consecutive world title for Moon, who also won Olympic gold in Tokyo.

Finland’s Wilma Murto took bronze with Great Britain’s Molly Caudery fifth after reaching a new personal best of 4.75m.

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